Due to poor sales for Battlefield 5, EA may be ditching a number for the next entry in the long-running franchise. There are rumors that they are working on a remaster of Battlefield 3 as well.
Compared to most of the games in the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 5 grossly underperformed selling just over 7 million copies. It fared even worse when the numbers stacked up to the series’ previous entry Battlefield 1 – which sold well over 15 million copies.
According to reliable sources, it seems like EA may be considering releasing the newest game without a number at the end of it.
There’s also a possibility that EA has some of their team working on one of the most popular Battlefield games too in Battlefield 3.
Battlefield 6 rebranding
The leak comes from Viral Junkie CEO – Tom Henderson. He has been right on many occasions using his sources within the industry to deliver accurate leaks.
In his latest YouTube video, he discusses several rumored aspects of the new Battlefield game. He also discusses how the game may be getting a title change.
Henderson says: “I believe it’s either going to be called Battlefield 6, or simply Battlefield.”
Reasons for this are that Call of Duty has recently gone down this road with 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot. He also points out that he doesn’t believe Bad Company 3 will be the name of this game either.
The thinking behind ditching the “6” in favor of just Battlefield is the general feeling that it would be a continuation of the poorly-received Battlefield 5. Meaning EA wants this to feel new and distant from the previous entry in the series.
7 months ago a YouTuber by the name of Daqarie posted a video showing apparent footage or information about a Battlefield 3 remaster.
Daqarie has previously leaked BF1 and BF5 information that turned out to be accurate. But the BF3 remaster video on their YouTube channel has since been removed. It’s unclear if this was their own choice or because they were asked to take it down.
Henderson says that the YouTuber got their information from a QA Tester at EA, who no longer works there. So at this juncture, it’s a bit hard to be invested in the prospect of a remaster.
He also goes on to say that it makes no sense to do a remaster. Henderson explains: “It splits the player base and the community and overall I think that Call of Duty releasing two titles at the same time, with a remaster, made sense because you had Infinite Warfare, which was a futuristic title, then you had Modern Warfare which was a modern title.”
Unless the remaster is only going to be the campaign, like Modern Warfare 2 did, it would make very little sense for EA to have two online communities of similar style games running simultaneously.
As for both stories, we are primarily going off of the leaks reported by Tom Henderson so there is nothing official yet regarding Battlefield 6.
A new leak has suggested that Battlefield 6 is going to be a soft reboot and abandon the World War theme of the last two games. It will return to the present day and feature large-scale, 128-player battles on current-gen.
We’ve known for some time that Battlefield 6 is in the pipeline at EA as they look to continue the success of their long-running FPS franchise. Some details have finally emerged thanks to leaks from established sources.
It seems that Battlefield has spent enough time retreading old ground with World War 1 & 2. Instead, the series wants to fast-forward to the modern-day and create some visually stimulating conflict.
Battlefield 6 current-gen vs last-gen
It was back in 2020 that noteworthy game leaker Tom Henderson gained some insider knowledge and proclaiming that BF6 will have 128-player skirmishes.
The CEO of production company Viral Junkie had suggested the maps were being specifically designed around this exorbitantly high player count. These claims have been reassured, but now we have additional information too.
EA has been waiting before delivering anything official as they are essentially delivering a BF6 experience for our new current-gen and last-gen. The PS5 and Xbox Series X will be able to show off their awesome power by handling huge amounts of players at once.
It’s unclear whether the PS4 and Xbox One will be able to offer as impressive performance given that we’ve already seen these problems recently with Cyberpunk 2077’s different gen offerings.
Henderson has indicated that the last-gen versions may be stripped down to 64-player matches to ease the pressure on the less-developed consoles.
Battlefield 6 Battle Royale?
Now the interesting thing to note is that Battlefield 5 debuted its first kind of Battle Royale mode with “Firestorm”. It featured 64 players who sought to whittle this number down until only one person was left standing.
Tom Henderson has indicated that EA is still working on the idea of a Battle Royale mode. Given that Call of Duty made over $3 billion in 2020 with a lot of the revenue coming from the 85+ million players indulging in Warzone’s cosmetics and Battle Pass, it would make sense for EA to follow suit.
With player counts reaching as high as 128, it would surely be easy enough for Battlefield to accommodate such a mode. If it’s not released at launch, then there’s always the probability of EA adding it down the line as Modern Warfare did with Warzone.
Finally, after joining the FPS renaissance back in the early 2010s, Battlefield went old-school for their last two major titles. Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5 explored the age-old period of the World Wars.
But now it seems that EA is ready to step into the future once more.
The game is set to feature a minor reboot by modernizing its inevitably intense action and deliver some current-day mayhem. There is no word yet on what the game’s campaign could have lined up, nor is there any confirmation on Battlefield 6 having one at all.
These exciting details are all unofficial of course and as such should be taken with a pinch of salt for the time being.